growth and development are never sustainable if environmental degradation is not stopped. Explain (4 marks)

Environmental degradation means a situation in which a part of the natural environment is damaged. It can be used to refer to damage to the land, to water or the air. Environmental degradation can also mean a loss of biodiversity and a loss of natural resources in an area. The process of growth and development should be such that there is a sustained rise in real per capita income (i.e. per capita income measured at base year prices). A consistent rise in real per capita income implies a rise in overall welfare. In other words, the concept of sustainable development highlights the importance of growth along with welfare.‚Äč Sustainable development suggests that activities which harm the environment should not be undertaken. Such activities reduce the quality of life of both the present and future generations.
So, we can say that growth and development are never sustainable if environmental degradation is not stopped. 
 

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